Drumshanbo’s Eamon McGowan has been named the second recipient of the Hall of Fame award at the Leitrim Sports Partnership Sports Awards after the nominations for this year’s event, which will take place on Saturday, December 3, in Lough Rynn Castle Hotel in Mohill.
The ever popular Eamon follows on from Frances Cryan as the winner of the Hall of Fame award for Exceptional Service to Sport & Recreation after a lifetime’s involvement with the GAA in Drumshanbo and Leitrim, serving as a player, manager and official, hurling and football, with Allen Gaels while also serving as a manager and selector with various County teams, including a stint as the Leitrim Ladies Senior team manager.
Eamon is also heavily involved in badminton and cycling and will be an extremely popular winner of the award.
For the past number of weeks the people of Leitrim have been submitting nominations for the Leitrim Sports Star Awards in 10 different categories. In total 96 nominations were received, our guest panel of judges had the mammoth task of short listing the nominations to 27.
In most categories, three have been shortlisted and the winner in each category but the standard was so high that in some categories, it was only possible to shortlist down to four. And the winner of the overall Leitrim Sports Person of the Year Award has been chosen from one of the above shortlisted nominees and announced on the night.
A special night of celebration is planned by Leitrim Sports Partnership with a delectable 4 course meal being served, followed by the awards and brilliant live entertainment by Gobsmacked in the beautiful setting of the Lough Rynn Castle Hotel. MC for the evening will be Shannonside radio’s very own sports reporter John Lynch.
Should anyone wish to come along to support the nominees and enjoy what promises to be an excellent night of celebration you can purchase a ticket for €35 from the Leitrim Sports Partnership, Aras an Chontae, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim.
Some people have already booked tickets for their Christmas party at the Sports Awards and other people are very welcome to join in. Hurry though, given the great price, tickets are selling fast! For further information and group bookings please contact us by telephoning 071 9650498 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their generous support – Leitrim County Council, The Landmark Hotel, Cora Systems, Leitrim Development Company, Aura Leitrim Leisure, Leitrim Tourism, Woodies DIY, KPF Sports Ground Contracts and Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens
We are delighted to reveal the shortlisted nominees as follows:
Sports Individual Junior
Dearbhaile Beirne - Mohill AC
Daire Farrell - Carrick AC
Niamh Maguire - Carrigallen VS /Mohill Basketball Teams
Sports Individual Senior
Laura Reynolds - Mohill Athletics Club
Aine Tighe - Kiltubrid Ladies GAA
Robert Conroy - Clay Pigeon Shooting
Best Sports School
St Patrick’s NS Drumshanbo
St. Clare’s NS Manorhamilton
Mohill Community College
St. Caillin’s NS Fenagh
Exceptional Service to Sport & Recreational – Hall of Fame
Eamon McGowan - Allen Gaels GAA
Men’s Team of the Year
Jamie Murray & Martin Rafferty - Fenagh Handball Club
Melvin Gaels Senior GAA team
Glencar/Manorhamilton Senior GAA team
Ladies Team of the Year
Carrick Ladies Senior Rowing Team
Dromahair Ladies GAA Senior Team
Leitrim Ladies GAA Senior Team
Carrick Ladies Rugby Club Team
Juvenile Team of the Year
Carrick U10 Mixed Gaelic Football Community Games Team
Leitrim U14 Ladies GAA Team
Sean O’Heslin’s Minor Boys GAA Team
Special Achievement Award
Glen Young - Glencar/Manor GFC
Gerard Lynch - Leitrim Cycling Club
Bernie Cleary - Manor Rangers FC
Community/Club Volunteer of the Year
Ann Flood - Allen Gaels Ladies GAA Club
Michael Kenny - Ballinamore Athletic Club/Carrigallen GAA Club
Sarah Mulligan - Mohill Basketball Club
Michael Quinn - Fenagh Handball Club
Congratulations to each and every one on being nominated for a Leitrim Sports Star Award, your dedication and hard work in sport is being recognised. Each winner will receive a specially handcrafted award, crafted by a Leitrim artist presented by each of our generous sponsors.